Finding which graphics card is compatible with my computer’s motherboard

Every gamer needs two things, first Game and second is a Graphic card and the worst part about this is, if your computer doesn’t support high-end graphic it isn’t able to play the new games until you’ve upgrade the graphic card.

This is the only condition why you’ve need to buy a video card or otherwise you are an animator who needs graphic card for designing purpose. In both conditions, you have to upgrade your graphic card and the main thing you are wondering about is, does that or my selected video card supports my computer or not.
If you are going to buy a new graphic card then its also the first thing you are wondering about , does that graphic card will able to run on my PC or does my computers motherboard will support it?

I know it’s hard to find out and that why made this tutorial to make it easier for you and after reading this, you can easily search the compatible graphic or video card for your computer.

So Let’s See

Finding the compatible graphic card is not a hard task to do, you’ll just need to know, does my motherboard have PCIe x16 slot or not. Nowadays the graphic card only needs PCIe x16 (PCI Express) slot to fits in and perform ourselves. Here’s a pic below to show you how PCI Express x16 is look like:

To find this slot, open your computer case and look at that same free slot on the motherboard. You can also go on manufactures website of your motherboard if you don’t wanna to open your computer case.

If you’ll find it, that’s well and good but if you didn’t find any slot that, it means you’ll need to buy a motherboard first before buying any card.

After finding the PCI x16 slot there are only two things we’ll need to check before buying any card and those are –

  1. PCI Express Compatibility
  2. Power Consumption Compatibility

PCI Express Compatibility

That’s great if you  having a PCIe x16 slot on your motherboard but first, you’ll need to find out, what type of slot it is, it’s a PCIe x16  2.0 or is it PCIe x16  3.0.

There are two types of PCIe x16 slot are available on the motherboard and first is 2.0 which is the second generation and the another one is 3.0 which is third generation slot.

Both looks same but 3.0 contain double of bandwidth than 2.0 but the great thing is that you can also run 3.0 supported cards on the 2.0 slot.

Running a PCIe x16  3.0 supported card on 2.0 can decrease the half performance of that graphic card but if you are buying a medium range 3.0 Supported Card that will work for you.

If you wanna to play high-end game on your computer that will need 3.0 supported video card and motherboard both in order to perform best.

If You Don’t Get What I’m Taking about above So, The Thing Is –

  1. If you having a PCI Express x16 2.0 (PCIe x16 2.0) slot on your motherboard and you’ve purchasing a video card which runs on 2.0 slot, that will perfectly work for you.
  2. If you having a PCI Express x16 3.0 (PCIe x16 3.0) slot on you motherboard and you’ve purchasing a video card which runs on 3.slot, that will perfectly works for you.
  3. But if you having a 2.slot and you’ve wondering to run a 3.0 card on it. That will reduce the half of its performance.

Here’s a pic of two graphic card specifications to show you how to check the cards slot compatibility.

So, check your motherboard’s specification on the internet by its Model No. and find what type of PCIe x16 you having on your motherboard.

If the specification shows you PCI Express x16 without any description that means you having a PCIe x16 2.0 or if the specification shows PCI Express x16 3.0 or it also describe it as a 3rd generation that means you having a 3.0 slot and your motherboard is able to plug any kind of graphic card in it.

Here a specification of both PCI 2.0 and 3.0 Motherboard to show you how it looks like.

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Power Consumption Compatibility

Check the specification of your card to know how much power supply does your cards needs to run and does your PSU can handle that usage or not.

Most of the card needs an external power connection to run and normally we don’t have that external connector in our computer’s PSU to connect the card in to it.

In that case, you can use the support connector to connect the PSU to the card. Here is the pic below to show you how connector looks like:

To calculate your power consumption requirement here is a link of PSU calculator below to let you know how much powerful PSU you’ll need to run a graphic card on your computer.

Select your graphic card and your computers specification all on that form and see how much power does your computers require and that will also let you know about your PSU has that capability to run that card on it or not.

PSU Watt Calculator >>

To check your PSU Power ability, look out the image below:
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  1. HI Madhur. My name is Nikhil and I am looking forward to upgrade my laptop’s stock Gpu(GT 540m) by a new one (750M) is it possible to do so? My laptop is Acer 5750G. Thanks!!!!

  2. sir can i ask a question? does my cpu A6 7400K Radeon R5 compatible to Sapphire rx 460 2gb? thank you.
    by the way very helpfull thank you for sharing this 😀

  3. First sorry,my english is bad.I have old pc for my children.Can I ask a question?I have Fujitsu siemens P5SD2-FM(LGA 775),Intel pentium D915,Does my pc is compatibile to sappire radeon 4890 HD 2gb?Thanks

  4. Hello, thanks for the article. can you suggest a cheap gpu for the following: pentium dual core e5300 2.6 GHz; zeb-945 motherboard. for casual games.( at low or medium settings)?

  5. Hi Madhur, my pc’s configuration is Pentium (R) Dual Core CPU E5700 @ 3.00 GHz, 4 GB Ram, 64 bit operating system, ASUS P5G 41T-M LX3 motherboard.Can I install Zotac NVIDIA GT 730 2GB 2 GB DDR5 Graphics Card ?

  6. Sorry my english is bad. I have need help my pc Power Consumption Compatibility is 280 wat <<< and i search a graphic card that power is 300 wat <<< can i run geforce 210… My pc model number is (7515m9g)

  7. can i install GT710 DDR3 gigabyte nvdia geforce 2gb graphic card for my G31- zebronics motherboard with intel core 2 duo E7400 and a psu of 450watts it has a pci express 2.0 * 16 can i install the graphic on my pc having these configurations

  8. This is an interesting blog to follow. I need clarification.
    Does the motherboard define the type of graphics card that can be used? (Nvidia , AMD; ect)
    I am not a high end gamer. I am looking for a graphics card that will smoothly run games such as Stardew valley or Terraria. My budget is $200 and below. I am located close to a Microcenter and will use them to shop cards on sale. (ex: Geforce GTX 1050 Ti, Radeon RX 460) Below is some general info what I am using now. I am unsure of the power supply or connector since I have not checked yet) Let me know if you need any other information or a pic of motherboard. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
    System Manufacturer: MSI
    System Model: MS-7721
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: AMD A4-7300 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (2 CPUs), ~3.8GHz
    Memory: 8192MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 7366MB RAM
    Page File: 2295MB used, 12433MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

    • The recommended processor for the GTX 1050 ti is minimum i3 6100, which is 2 or I think 3 times better than your processor.
      And you also can’t really expect something good from a 6 years old mono-core 3GHz APU too.
      According to me, just don’t waste your money on any mid end products because your computer will definitely bottleneck the card.
      In my opinion, save some bucks and just go for any low-end graphics cards like these ones:

      • Thanks for taking time to review and help with the decision process. After reviewing choices at my local store I narrowed the choice down to 6:
        ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Phoenix 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
        Zotac GeForce GTX 950 (Factory-Recertified) 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
        ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 Dual-Fan Video Card
        Zotac GeForce GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
        ASUS GeForce GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 PCIe White Shroud Video Card w/ Dual-Fan Cooling
        ASUS GeForce GTX 950 Overclocked Gaming 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
        The two you recommended seem to be in the 950 1050 series, 2 GB range. (which I hope the above is compatible as well)
        Thanks again.

  9. Hello, You have been really helpful !!
    Because I want to buy a new graphics card for my pc I wanted to ask you if there are some specific graphic cards that run better with my processor and mother board(Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and GA-H97-HD3) or how can I find the more suitable graphics card for my computer ?
    Thank you.

  10. Hi Madhur. i need your help. i’m planning to buy a Graphics Card for my i3 7100 Processor/ MSI B150m Mortar Motherboard/ 2x4GB RAM DDR4 2400 MHz/ Corsair CX430w PSU/ can you give me atleast 10 lists of Graphics Card? which will fit this of my configuration, and with a reason, or little explanation if i choose these GPU. Thanks in Advance, this is very helpful.

  11. hello!, my processor is
    AMD A6-7400k Radeon R5, 6 Compute Cores 2c+4G 3.50GHz,4GB RAM, 64-bits Operating System
    is it compatible with
    GeForce GTX750 TI StormX OC 2GB 128bit PCIe DDR5 Videocard?

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